Joann Burnham

Joann headshotJoann is the  Founder and Director of Dharma Yoga Nantucket and Founder of the annual Nantucket Yoga Festival.

She thanks her lucky stars for the day she arrived at the doorstep of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in New York City. That was more than 25 years ago and she has been practicing Yoga ever since.

She received her original teaching certification under the guidance of Dharma Mittra at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York City. She holds a certificate in Integrative Yoga for Seniors from the Duke University School of Integrative Medicine. She is a certified Unnata® Aerial Yoga Instructor. and a certified Yoga for Golfers instructor. She is  also a certified Yoga Tune Up® instructor. Joann received her Restorative Yoga certification from Judith Hanson Lasater and is a certified Relax and Renew® teacher.

She is an Experienced Registered Teacher with the Yoga Alliance.

Joann is responsible for creating, developing and teaching the annual Yoga program at The Sankaty Head Golf Club. She also teaches at The Westmoor Club.

She  has  traveled  through the spiritual heart of India with Bhakti teacher Raghunath.

Joann is profoundly grateful to all the teachers along the way who have encouraged her to follow her heart. In particular, she is thankful to Dharma Mittra, a true Yoga Master, who at 78 years of age, continues to teach daily with humility and love.

She lives on Nantucket year-round with her husband Ted and their dog Lucie. It is her great joy to teach students of all ages and levels of ability sharing with them the many benefits of Yoga.

Ted Burnham

ted headshotTed is the Co-Founder of Dharma Yoga Nantucket and Co-Founder of the annual Nantucket Yoga Festival.

Ted’s practice has been a long and winding road. It began with an Asana practice at age 19, advanced meditation techniques years later, then more advanced practices nearly 20 years after that. In the end he earned a teaching certificate.

From his early teacher he studied the Vedas, including the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Ramayana, the Rigveda and the Upanishads. Through study and practice he developed a greater understanding of creative consciousness and the field of all possibilities. In 1990 Ted completed the Maharishi Advanced TM Siddhi program in Washington DC.

Ted is also an accomplished oil painter. He studied painting, anatomy and drawing at The Art Students League in New York with the iconic Frank Mason. The required in depth classes in anatomy gave him a solid understanding of body structure allowing him to often visually assess the needs of his yoga students. As a former athlete he has experienced his share of injuries and knows that his daily yoga practice not only has repaired his body but improved its flexibility, strength and balance.

He received his Yoga teaching certification under the guidance of Dharma Mittra at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York City. He holds a certificate in Integrative Yoga for Seniors from the Duke University School of Integrative Medicine. He is also a certified Yoga for Golfers instructor which is known for its highly personalized approach to maximize athletic performance. He received this training in Arizona from Katherine Roberts the owner and creator of the program. Ted is  a certified Unnata® Aerial Yoga Instructor. He is  also a certified Yoga Tune Up® instructor. Ted  received his Restorative Yoga certification from Judith Hanson Lasater and is a certified Relax and Renew® teacher.

He is an Experienced Registered  Teacher with the Yoga Alliance.

Ted  has traveled  to the spiritual heart of India with Bhakti teacher Raghunath.

As a rising Yogi he wakes daily before dawn to perform his practice, welcome the light and is ever appreciative of his joyful and selfless teachers Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Dharma Mittra.

Jai Guru Dev

Sheri Perelman


Sheri has been teaching yoga on Nantucket year round since 1990.

She received her certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 1989.  Her education continued and continues to this day as she is inspired by teachers such as Patricia Walden, Eric Schiffmann, Suzie Hurley, Betsey Downing, Rod Stryker, Tao Porchon-Lynch and TKV Desikachar.. Her personal practice as well as her instruction style has been greatly influenced by the Iyengar, Anusara and Para Yoga styles. Sheri is  a certified Unnata® Aerial Yoga Instructor.

She thinks of yoga as being a holistic approach to living and invites participants to bring their yoga into the world as they step off their mats. Using her extensive knowledge of the physical body and her keen sense of humor, her intention is to lead classes that are safe, fun and whole, always bringing a sense of spirit into each practice.

Leading classes is her joy and living yoga is her passion.

Sheri is RYT200 and RYT500 with Yoga Alliance. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach and has an ongoing Jin Shin Jyutsu practice since 1999.

When she is not doing or leading yoga, seeing personal clients for JSJ or Ayurveda, you may meet her walking on the beach with her Havanese, Amma and/or her husband Sheriff Jim.

Dorothy Stover

Dorothy is a 7th generation Nantucketer. Years ago, during a low point in her 20’s, Dorothy decided her life would be about love, and that everything she would do in life would be done from a position of love. This mantra has set her on the path of Yoga. The practice of Yoga has enabled her to let go of, and undo, what doesn’t support her life’s foundation of love. She completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India, the yoga capital of the world. She attended Rishikesh Yog Peeth in the Himalayan Mountains. RYP has helped lay a beautiful and strong yoga foundation. Dorothy is also a student of Belinda Davidson’s School for the Modern Mystic. The classes combined Dorothy’s love and life philosophy, the art of letting go and undoing, and the body’s ability to heal itself using traditional Pranayamas (breathing techniques) Asanas (Yoga poses), Chakras (the body’s energy points), and White Light meditations. Dorothy is  a certified Unnata® Aerial Yoga Instructor.

Dorothy wears many hats. She launched her businesses Nantucket Allies in 2012 and the Nantucket Trade Bank in 2013. Both companies help support the local economy on the island. She is a writer and the author of Amazing Love Diet and War on Love. She has a weekly advice column on The Nantucket Chronicle called Freaky Friday which deals with love, relationships, dating and anything else the human soul may need answers to. Dorothy is also a self-love and relationship coach, helping others live their life for love. She finds Yoga is a sensational way to become more mindful within your body, community, and relationships while gaining a greater sense of self. When you come to one of her classes, the power of yourself and love of your body is put back into your hands.

She would like to thank the Island community for supporting her through the ups and down of her journey; especially Joann and Ted for their support, love and giving her a space to share her love of yoga and life.

Stephanie Ford

Stephanie has been studying, practicing and teaching yoga for many years.

She was fortunate to land at a Sivananda Ashram, after a serious accident she was told she would not fully recover from.

There, she took a teacher training, advanced teacher training and has been spreading this miraculous practice ever since.

Studying with just about every yoga teacher in the world, with saints and sages, opened her to a world of phenomenal healing modalities that she incorporates in her classes. Stephanie thanks all of her teachers and students and has learned from each and everyone. She believes Yoga is for everyone and that it is a personal journey to health and well-being.  She believes that through sharing this practice of health and happiness we can indeed have a world filled with light and love.  She has taught in colleges, ashrams, hospitals, trauma centers churches, barns, beaches, parks and mountains all over this great big wonderful world.

She is thrilled to join the Dharma Nantucket family and hopes to see you in class!

Sara Conahan

Sara teaches an expressive, joyful, free-form flow deeply rooted in universal alignment principles and anatomy. Her kind, easy manner allows students to explore practice with a joy and playfulness that fosters the confidence to live yoga in all aspects of life. Sara received her certification through the Baptiste Yoga Institute, completing her 200 and 300 hour Live Your Yoga programs with Gregor Singleton and Claire Este-McDonald. Sara has learned first-hand that yoga has the power to heal and transform, and can be enjoyed by everyone and every body! Her integrative yet lighthearted approach invites students to unite mind, body and spirit to transcend physical asana and create space to settle the mind, challenge the body and inspire.

Lynne Begier


Lynne’s perspective on the living, evolving practice of yoga is the result of years of study, and committed practice and inquiry. Her practice and teaching is inspired by many – Functional Anatomy, Forrest Yoga, Iyengar, Meditation and the soul and intellect of Prajna Yoga. Recently she is begun a new journey while studying Ayurveda at Kripalu and weaves that wisdom into her teaching, practice and daily life. Integrating over two decades of extensive training, exploration and reverence for the practice and its transformational potential, Lynne has dedicated her life to providing a safe, and inviting space for students to explore yoga, on their own terms. She has nurtured a diverse and gifted generation of teachers through her Teacher Trainings.

Lynne has studied extensively in many styles of yoga including Kripalu, Ashtanga, Forrest, Vinyasa, Restorative, Iyengar, Yin, Anusara and Prajna. She Graduating from Georgetown with a degree in Languages & Linguistics where her interest in foreign cultures, philosophy, and theology organically brought her to yoga. Her intense struggles with depression and eating disorders brought yoga to her.

Her goal as as teacher is to approach yoga with an open mind and to learn and teach how yoga can heal, strengthen and balance us on so many levels. There is no “one size fits all” and she helps her students find their own poses while honoring the respected teachings of the various lineages. Lynne is also equally adept at working with students with injuries and limitations as she is with beginners and advanced practitioners.

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I have never taken a yoga class which I so look forward to as Joann’s. She has created an oasis of sorts in this space at the farm. Her kindness, gentleness, and compassion radiate from her beautiful spirit. Each class presents a challenge for me to overcome.” —TP

It was the first time I have had such personal attention during practice. It was the fine tuning and different ways of thinking about the postures that I found extremely helpful. When I started with Joann, I had just thrown my back out and could hardly bend forward. I am blown away by the progress I have made in such a short period of time.” —SS

I began practicing yoga last year, about the same time I started chemotherapy for breast cancer. At first I was thinking, “Wow! There is no way I am ever going to be able to do these poses!” But with the help of Joann and Ted showing me variations leading up to a particular pose, I am now standing on my head! I feel that yoga has brought a sense of lightness and relief into my life. I am a calmer person. Keeping negativity out and letting in all that is positive. Yoga has helped me realize that I have the power to do whatever I want. Now it’s a year later and I am cancer free, happy, and standing as a strong warrior! Thank you Joann and Ted for sharing your practice!” —K.L.

Practicing yoga with Sheri has not only added flexibility to my body but a new awareness of my over all health. In class we are guided through postures and encouraged to listen to our bodies as we attempt to press beyond what our mind tells us we can do. I am amazed at some postures I have been able to form and hold. Practice of this type encourages me to press beyond the familiar in life as well; it is healthy and inspiring.” –Janet

It’s a class I look forward to every week. Sheri takes the time to help with positions, encourage and praise each individual student. It makes me feel so much better for what I feel I can accomplish week to week.” –M.R.

We LOVED your class, it was exactly what we needed and we’re going to be back! Thank you for letting us borrow mats and for leading us in that amazing class. We’ll see you Sunday!” —Mallory